A naive and closeted young woman determined to improve her life, is hired by a wealthy Gilded Age family in upstate New York, only to find her dream job turn into a living nightmare. (Comps: Get Out meets an American Downton Abbey)

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    Horror, Thriller, Supernatural, Period
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    United States
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  • Winner, Launch Pad Pilot Competition 2020

    October 1, 2020
  • Finalist, Golden Script Competition 2020
  • Semifinalist, Screencraft True Story & Public Domain Competition 2020
  • Quarterfinalist, Roadmap Writers - JumpStart Writer Competition 2020
  • Quarterfinalist, Page International Screenwriter Competition 2020
  • Quarterfinalist, Los Angeles International Screenwriting Competition 2020
  • Semifinalist, Filmmatic - Pitch Now Screenplay Competition
  • Quarterfinalist, CineStory Foundation TV Retreat 2021
Writer Biography

Born in Sydney, Australia, the child of Holocaust Survivors, Natalie is drawn to telling stories that elevate and explore diverse women’s and LGBTQ people’s live, both historic and current.
As a lesbian feminist, with a background in healthcare and publishing, Natalie's stories entertain but also move the needle on cultural perceptions and norms. Completed projects include the award-winning “Angels of War” TV pilot (Top Drama 2020 LaunchPad TV Pilot Competition, Quarterfinalist Page 2020, etc. etc.), a psychological thriller feature tilted “Gilded”, and more. Her short rom-com “Swipe Right” which she wrote and exec produced did well at film festivals.

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Writer Statement

Most human beings long for connection, desire to love and be loved and to make a positive difference while on the planet. With the layers of being queer, female, Jewish and an immigrant, my characters struggle to find and maintain their internal truth while trying to conform and fit in or at least survive in broader society.

In the Gilded Age of the 1890s, income inequality was grotesque, poverty was staggering, and women, LGBTQ and BIPOC folks were routinely mistreated. More than a century later, we still
struggle with the same issues. “Gilded” explores these themes in an entertaining and provocative way.